State fisheries employees Take a Kid Fishing

Friday, July 29, 2016 - 12:00am

There were tangled lines, plenty of pinfish and a whole lot of smiles at the annual Take a Kid Fishing outing Tuesday.

About 1,100 children and chaperones came to the coast to fish for the day. Employees from the Divisions of Marine Fisheries and Coastal Management, along with their family and friends, helped bait hooks, cast lines and reel ‘em in.

The Take a Kid Fishing Foundation is a non-profit organization that hosts an annual fishing trip for disadvantaged youths. Children come to the coast from orphanages, children’s homes and state and local agencies across eastern North Carolina to spend a day fishing on a boat or pier.

Through this experience, Take a Kid Fishing introduces children to fishing and fosters a love for the outdoors. Volunteers help the children develop fishing skills and an understanding of how they can and should maintain our fishing resources through ethical angling practices.

This year’s event was funded in part by a $25,000 grant from Coastal Recreational Fishing License sales.

The Division of Marine Fisheries participates in Take a Kid Fishing each year.